Officer Who Gloated About Running Over BLM Protesters Placed on Administrative Leave

A Boston police sergeant who was caught on camera talking about running over protesters with a car has been placed on administrative leave while the matter is investigated.

The unnamed officer was captured on police bodycam footage during a protest against racial injustice and police brutality on May 31 as part of a wave of Black Lives Matter protests this year.

The footage was originally published on Friday by The Appeal, a national online news and commentary website focusing on the legal system, among other issues. It was quickly picked up by other outlets.

In the video, a police sergeant can be heard saying to another officer: "Dude, dude, dude, I f*ckin' drove down Tremont [Street]—there was an unmarked state police cruiser they were all gathered around."

"So then I had a f*cker keep coming, f*cking running," the sergeant says. "I'm f*cking hitting people with the car, did you hear me, I was like, 'get the f*ck."

A little later in the video, the other officer tells the sergeant that the camera is on, at which point the sergeant says: "Oh, no no no no no, what I'm saying is, though, that they were in front, like, I didn't hit anybody, like, just driving, that's all."

He then apologizes, and adds: "This thing just f*cking went on automatically."

Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross issued a statement on Friday announcing an investigation into the footage. The sergeant in the bodycam footage was not named.

"As soon as these videos were brought to my attention, I immediately ordered my Bureau of Professional Standards to open and conduct a thorough and fair investigation into this matter, and the totality of circumstances involved," Gross said.

"I have placed a Sergeant involved in this incident on administrative leave and I will take any additional action as necessary at the conclusion of the investigation. I want to encourage people to bring these matters to our attention so that we can investigate them appropriately."

The Appeal reported on Friday that it had hours of footage given to the site by Boston attorney Carl Williams. He obtained the bodycam footage through discovery as he is representing some of the protesters arrested on May 31. The videos show police officer using force against non-violent protesters and using pepper spray against crowds.

"It's this mob mentality," Williams said. "And I use 'mob' as a sort of a double entendre—mob like the mafia and mob like a group of a pack of wild people roaming the streets looking to attack people."

Protestors in Boston, Massachusetts on May 31
Protesters in Boston on May 31 hold up their hands as they face police after a demonstration over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis Police custody. One police sergeant has been placed on leave following the release of bodycam footage from the protests. JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images